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July 14, 2014

Job Announcement

Chief Deputy Clerk-Wisconsin Western Bankruptcy Court

June 2014

Fee Changes Effective June 1, 2014

New amounts are listed below (and on our fees page).

Total amounts due to file a new petition OR bifurcate (split) a joint case:

  • Chapter 7 -- $335.00
  • Chapter 9 -- $1717.00
  • Chapter 11 -- $1717.00
  • Chapter 12 -- $275.00
  • Chapter 13 -- $310.00

Total amount due to file an Adversary Proceeding: $350.00

April 2014

Declarations Re: Electronic Filing Requirement Elminiated

Effective immediately, it is no longer necessary to file the “Declarations Re: Electronic Filing’ in hard copy with the Court. The attorney must still obtain a signature on the form and should retain it with their records for a minimum of two years. Upon request, the original signed document must be provided to the Court or other parties for review.

April 2014

New Hearing Call-in Procedures--Madison

Effective Monday, May 12, 2014, our Madison office will be using a toll-free call-in number for all preliminary hearings and pretrial conferences. In other words, we will no longer call you for hearings, you will call us.

Hearing notices will include the call-in number and access code. More specific procedures are available here.

April 2014

Fee Changes Effective June 1, 2014

At its March 2014 session the Judicial Conference approved two changes to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, which go into effect June 1, 2014. New amounts are listed below (and on our fees page).

Total amounts due to file a new petition OR bifurcate (split) a joint case:

  • Chapter 7 -- $335.00
  • Chapter 9 -- $1717.00
  • Chapter 11 -- $1717.00
  • Chapter 12 -- $275.00
  • Chapter 13 -- $310.00

Total amount due to file an Adversary Proceeding: $350.00

March 2014

Judge Furay Appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge

On March 31, 2014, Judge Catherine Furay will begin a term as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Judge Furay replaces Chief Judge Robert Martin, who remains an active bankruptcy judge in Madison. Judge Furay will maintain her chambers in Eau Claire.

February 2014

Notice of Hearing in Blank Requirement Eliminated

Automated hearing notice forms, developed by our ECF Administrator, Susan Hoffman, have eliminated the need for a notice of hearing in blank document for Madison pleadings that require a hearing be scheduled. When docketing the hearing scheduled event, the ECF system will automatically create the hearing notice and provide additional service information:

  • All parties served electronically
  • Moving party to serve and provide proof of same
  • Notice mailed via Bankruptcy Noticing Center

Please bear with us as we remove all references from the Users Manual.

February 2014

The Eau Claire Office is closed today, Friday, February 21st.

Please contact the Madison office for assistance.

December 2013

Holiday Hours

The Madison and Eau Claire offices will be closed on December 24th, 25th and January 1st. Happy Holidays!

December 2013

Filing of Personal Financial Management Certificate

NOW AVAILABLE--The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin will permit approved personal financial management course providers to file the Certificate of Debtor Education under Rule 1007(b)(7), electronically using the electronic financial management course certificate filing program (eFinCert) instead of requiring course providers to register as a limited filer in the court’s CM/ECF case management system. More information.

November 2013

Rules and Form Changes Effective December 1, 2013

The following rules and form changes will take effect on December 1, 2013:

Rules: 1007(b)(7), 4004(c)(1), 5009(b), 9006(d), 9013, and 9014(b)
Please click here to see a redlined version of the amendments.

Forms: 3A, 3B, 6I, 6J, 6 Summary, 23, and 27
Visit the U.S. Courts page for more information on the changes.

November 2013

Fee Changes Effective December 1, 2013

The following fee changes will take effect on December 1, 2013:

  • New fee of $176 for filing motions for the sale of property free and clear of liens under U.S.C. Sec. 363(f)
  • Records Retrieval Fee increase from $53 to $64 for the first box requested from a Federal Records Center and a new fee of $39 for each additional box required.
October 2013

Government Shutdown-Update 10/10/13

Both offices for the Western District will be fully staffed and open for business through October 17, 2013. All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised. Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) will remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents with the courts.

October 2013

Government Shutdown-Update

Both offices for the Western District will be fully staffed and open for business the week of October 7, 2013. All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised. Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) will remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents with the courts.

October 2013

P.O. Box Cancellations

The Madison and Eau Claire P.O. boxes have been closed. Please address all mail correspondence to:

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
120 N. Henry St. Suite 340
Madison, WI 53703

OR

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
500 South Barstow Street 
Eau Claire, WI  54701

September 2013

Possible Government Shutdown

In the event of a govenment shutdown, both court offices will be open for business as usual. CM/ECF will function as normal.

September 2013

Federal Courts Face Funding Crisis

Describing themselves as "the boots on the ground in our nation's federal trial courts," 87 Chief U.S. District judges sent a letter in August to Congressional leaders stating that reduced funding and sequestration have "...forced us to slash our operations to the bone, and we believe that our constitutional duties, public safety, and the quality of the justice system will be profoundly compromised by any further cuts."

Read the entire story

August 2013

Holiday Hours

Our Madison and Eau Claire offices will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 2, 2013.

August 2013

CM/ECF Outage

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin electronic filing system (CM/ECF) and website will be unavailable from 6:15 AM CST until approximately 3:00 PM CST on Saturday, August 24, 2013.

Due to the outage, registered attorneys will be unable to file documents electronically. If you have questions or concerns, please call the clerk’s office at 1-800-373-8708.

August 2013

Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Chapter 11 Case

In re Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc. Chapter 11, Case No. 13-14003

For more information, please see: http://www.kccllc.net/ANCHORBANCORP or contact the Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc. toll-free information line at 877-634-7180

August 2013

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. On August 15, 2013, the public comment period opens for proposed amendments to:

Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 3002, 3007, 3012, 3015, 4003, 5005, 5009, 7001, 9006, and 9009

Official Forms 17A, 17B, 17C, 22A-1, 22A-1Supp, 22A-2, 22B, 22C-1, 22C-2, 101, 101A, 101B, 104, 105, 106Sum, 106A/B,106C, 106D, 106E/F, 106G, 106H, 106Dec, 107, 112, 113, 119, 121, 318, 423, and 427

Civil Rules 1, 4, 6, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 55, 84, and Appendix of Forms

The public comment period closes on February 15, 2014.

http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/proposed-amendments.aspx

August 2013

Local Filing Requirement Eliminated

It is no longer necessary to file a Motion to Modify Plan in Eau Claire bankruptcy cases.

Modified Plan Filing Requirements:

  • Modified Plan
  • 21-day notice of modified plan (to all creditors)
  • Proof of Service
  • Proposed Order
July 2013

Chapter 13 Mortgage Modification Mediation Program

The Chapter 13 Mortgage Modification Mediation Program in the Western District (MMMWD) is a program to help qualified Chapter 13 debtors keep their homes. Click here for more information on the program.

July 2013

System Maintenance July 12-13, 2013

ECF will be unavailable from 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, July 12th until noon on Saturday July 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

April 2013

CM/ECF Outage

Beginning Friday night, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2013, CM/ECF will be unavailable due to an upgrade to version 5.1. You may start filing documents again Monday, April 29th.

You can discover information about the new functionality in version 5.1 of CM/ECF by viewing these resources:

If you are interested in formal training, either by telephone, WebEx or in person, please send an email to: trainers@wiwb.uscourts.gov Or you may contact our helpdesk at 800-373-8708 to speak with staff regarding any questions you may have.

April 2013

Transfer of Claim Fee

The Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule has been amended to add a $25 fee for filing a transfer of claim effective May 1, 2013.

April 2013

Trustee News

As of April 1, 2013, the Trustee will require all vehicle titles and evidence of mortgage liens prior to the 341 meeting. These documents must be provided as separate PDFs with proper title (i.e., “Case #”-“Mortgage Info” or “Vehicle Title”) and emailed to our office at info@ch13wdw.org The Trustee’s office will not accept any documents via paper or fax. Trustee Harring will delay recommending confirmation if the required documents are not filed.

April 2013

Form Changes Effective April 1, 2013

Several federal form changes are effective April 1, 2013

Revisions to Official Bankruptcy Forms: 1, 6C, 6E, 7, 10, 22A, 22C, 283.
(see the U.S.Courts' forms page for more information)

March 2013

Starting Friday night, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2013, our Court will be upgrading CM/ECF in Wisconsin Western Bankruptcy to version 5.1. It is anticipated CM/ECF will be available, for filing documents, by Monday, April 29, 2013.

You can discover information about the new functionality in version 5.1 of CM/ECF by viewing our resources, such as:

If you are interested in formal training, either by telephone, WebEx or in person, please send an email to: trainers@wiwb.uscourts.gov Or you may contact our helpdesk at 800-373-8708 to speak with staff regarding any questions you may have.

January 2013

First Revamped Bankruptcy Forms Out for Public Comment

The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure is asking for comment on the first proposed modernization of bankruptcy forms in two decades. The revised forms, published for comment, are all used by individual debtors and include the fee waiver and installment fee forms, income and expense forms, and the means test forms, replacing previous forms. The comments, submitted by the public, will be reviewed in coming months and will be used to fine-tune the forms. Comments will be taken until February 15, 2013.

There were over 1.2 million non-business bankruptcies filed in federal courts in the 12-month period ending September 30, 2012, where the debts were predominantly personal or consumer in nature. For more information see the U.S. Courts Site.

November 2012

Fee Increases Effective November 21, 2012

  • The fee for filing a Chapter 11 case will increase to $1213.00
  • The fee for splitting a joint Chapter 11 case will increase to $1213.00
  • The fee for reopening a Chapter 11 case will increase to $1167.00
  • The fee for filing a Chapter 15 case will increase to $1167.00
  • The fee for filing a Chapter 9 case will increase to $1213.00
  • The fee for converting a Chapter 7 to a Chapter 11 will increase to $922.00
  • The fee for converting a Chapter 13 to a Chapter 11 will increase to $932.00
August 2012

Changes to Chapter 13 Policy Notice

In accordance with a change in the United States Trustee program's policy under 28 U.S.C. Section 586, a percentage fee will be earned by the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee on receipts in cases that dismiss or convert pre-confirmation. The percentage fee will be at the same rate as that established by the United States Trustee's office for disbursements made by the Standing Trustee on confirmed cases. The Standing Trustee will take the fee upon disbursement of all funds received in the case prior to dismissal or conversion. As is our practice, the funds, less the allowed percentage fee and court costs, will be returned in a check payable to the debtor.

This new policy is effective on October 1, 2012. The Standing Trustee will start taking these fees on funds that are disbursed on or after that date. Please note that this new policy will affect all pending unconfirmed cases.

March 2012

Speed Claims are Here

Creditors are now able to file Proof of Claim forms for all chapters electronically. A CM/ECF login/password is not required.

Please see our Claims page for more information and to submit a claim.

March 2012

Reduced Paper Module (RPM) Effective April 1, 2012

To reduce the overall costs associated with Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) noticing and the number of duplicate notices, a program was developed to run within CM/ECF called Reduced Paper Module (RPM). RPM eliminates redundant BNC paper noticing by removing registered CM/ECF participants from the BNC mailing list for the case. See the Special Edition of the Electric Briefcase for more information.

Undeliverable Email Policy

March 2012

PACER Fee Increase Effective April 1, 2012

In September 2011, the Judicial Conference of the United States authorized an increase in the Judiciary's electronic public access fee in response to increasing costs for maintaining and enhancing the electronic public access system. The increase in the electronic public access (EPA) fee, from $.08 to $.10 per page, will take effect on April 1, 2012. The change is needed to continue to support and improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, and to develop and implement the next generation of the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system.

The EPA fee has not been increased since 2005. As mandated by Congress, the EPA program is funded entirely through user fees set by the Conference.

The Conference was mindful of the impact such an increase could have on other public entities and on public users accessing the system to obtain information on a particular case. For this reason, local, state, and federal government agencies will be exempted from the increase for three years. Moreover, PACER users who do not accrue charges of more than $15 in a quarterly billing cycle would not be charged a fee. (The current exemption is $10 per quarter.) The expanded exemption means that 75 to 80 percent of all users will still pay no fees. Please see the PACER website for more information.

January 2012

PACER Outage January 14, 2012

There will be nationwide maintenance on the PACER system Saturday, January 14, 2012. The disruptions will begin at 9 AM ET and continue until 6 PM ET. PACER users may have sessions terminated or experience difficulty logging in to the system. We apologize for the inconvenience.

November 2011

Changes to Fee Payments in Eau Claire

Effective December 1, 2011, all court fees paid over the counter in Eau Claire must be by a firm check, money order or cashier's check. Cash will no longer be accepted at the Eau Claire Divisional Office. Money order sites in the area.

November 2011

Form/Rule Changes Effective December 1, 2011

Several federal form changes will go into effect December 1, 2011.

Revisions to Official Bankruptcy Forms: 1, 9A-9I, 10 including 3 new attachments, 25A.
(see the U.S.Courts' forms page for more information)

Rule 2003(e) will be modified effective December 1, 2011, to require the presiding official (typically the trustee) of the meeting of creditors to file, in the event of an adjournment of the meeting, a statement specifying the date and time to which the meeting is adjourned.

The rule, as amended, only requires the trustee to file a statement specifying the date and time to which the meeting is adjourned. There is no other service/notice requirement.

October 2011

Fee Changes Effective November 1, 2011

Upcoming changes to various fees including petitions, adversary proceedings, division of cases and more go into effect November 1, 2011. Please see our Fee Schedule page for a complete listing of all the new fees.

October 2011

Upgrade to CM/ECF-Weekend of November 26th

We will be upgrading CM/ECF to version 4.+ over the weekend of November 26, 2011. The system will be available with read-only access starting 6 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday.

Training classes are available via Webinar prior to the upgrade. Register here.

Summary of Changes:

  • Password Security
  • Maintain User Account-Primary and Secondary Email Addresses
  • Change your Password
  • Bankruptcy Case Opening
  • Adversary Case Opening
  • Claim Filing-Proof of Claim
  • Filing Fees
  • Email Enhancements and the BNC
  • Query
  • Reports
  • Trustee's 341 Filings (Ch 7 & 13 Trustees)
  • User Interface Enhancements
  • RSS Feed Technology
  • Using PDF/A Format
  • Sealed Information

See the CM/ECF Release 4.+ New Features page in the ECF User's Manual for more detailed information on these changes.

Contact us at 1-800-373-8708 or helpdesk@wiwb.uscourts.gov if you have questions

January 2011

U.S. Trustee's List of Approved Providers of Personal Financial Management Instructional Courses

Pursuant to 11 U.S.C § 111 the U.S. Trustee's office has provided a list of approved providers of personal financial management courses.

January 2011

PACER Outage (updated 1/10/11)

Due to a hardware change for the U.S. Courts' internal network the current expectation is that PACER access for all U.S. Courts will be down from 7AM CST to Noon CST on Saturday, 1/15/11 with intermittent outages from Noon CST until 4PM CST.

Attorneys needing to file documents should be unaffected, however PACER access to view documents (that is, viewing which would normally be billed to their PACER account) will be curtailed.

During the Noon CST to 4PM CST time frame, a PACER user may not be able to log into our CM/ECF system, or their session may be terminated. If one of these situations occurs, we recommend that users wait 30 minutes before attempting to re-establish their session.

December 2010

Notices of Electronic Filing and CM/ECF

Please take note:
The Internet IP address for e-mail notifications has changed. If you experience any difficulty in receiving e-mail (Notices of Electronic Filing) from the CM/ECF system, please make sure your ISP, e-mail provider or your IT department has white-listed the following IP addresses for e-mail delivery. If e-mail fails consistently. An account may be deactivated until e-mail can be sent to the primary CM/ECF account address.
Gateway Name Address 1 Address 2
icmecf101.gtwy.uscourts.gov 199.107.16.200 206.18.112.200
icmecf102.gtwy.uscourts.gov 199.107.16.202 206.18.112.202
icmecf201.gtwy.uscourts.gov 199.107.16.204 206.18.112.204
icmecf202.gtwy.uscourts.gov 199.107.16.205 206.18.112.205

Domain Name: *.uscourts.gov
Please pass this information along to the department or organization that handles your e-mail so that access lists and spam filters can be updated. This information applies to all United States Courts CM/ECF systems in all districts.

Larger e-mail providers (such as Yahoo, AOL and Gmail) have already been notified. If you use one of their services, your e-mail delivery should not be affected.

November 2010

Federal Rules and Form Changes

Several federal rules and form changes will go into effect December 1, 2010. See a summary of the changes or for more information, visit the U.S. Court's Federal Rulemaking website.

October 2010

Email Technical Difficulty

Due to unforeseen circumstances, email generated by ECF between Saturday, October 23, 2010 and 11:45 a.m., October 26, 2010 it may be difficult for you to view the PDFs. In other words, if you open a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) email generated by the court, click the link to open the PDF document and if the link displays similar to one of the following:

http://doc1/20404608591?magic_num=YYYYYYY&de_seq_num=10&caseid=xxxxxx

http://webmail.house.com/doc1/20404608519?magic_num=YYYYYYY&de_seq_num=2&caseid=xxxxxx

The solution to obtain your view of the PDF

Insert: ecf.wiwb.uscourts.gov after the first two forward slashes and before doc1. Also ensure there is a forward slash between gov and doc1. In other words, the above links corrected, would look like this:

http://doc1/20404608591?magic_num=YYYYYYY&de_seq_num=10&caseid=xxxxxx

http://ecf.wiwb.uscourts.gov/doc1/20404608591?magic_num=YYYYYYY&de_seq_num=10&caseid=xxxxxx

OR

http://webmail.house.com/doc1/20404608519?magic_num=YYYYYYY&de_seq_num=2&caseid=xxxxxx

http://ecf.wiwb.uscourts.gov/doc1/20404608519?magic_num=YYYYYYY&de_seq_num=2&caseid=xxxxxx

This technique shouldn't be necessary for emails received after 11:45 a.m. on October 26, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact the helpdesk for guidance.

As an alternative (though you will not receive your "free look") you can generate the Email Activity Summary. You can accomplish this by logging into ECF with the Attorney login, click on Utilities--> and then click Email Activity Summary --> and then select a date and click the Run Report button. You can perform this for each of the days Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Summary of ECF Activity is a method to see what e-mail activity was generated on the cases you are involved with.

October 2010

Surveys

The Administrative Office has initiated a project to gather requirements for the Next
Generation of Case Management/Electronic Case File (CM/ECF) systems. The effort includes an initiative to engage external stakeholders during the design phase.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback regarding the redesign of CM/ECF. Complete the national survey or submit a comment/suggestion. There is a new Surveys button on the home page or you can access the page here.

September 2010

ECF Training Classes Now Available

Both basic and advanced classes are being offered. If you are interested in attending check the schedules below. If we do not have a class available on a date or in a location that works for you, or you need more information please email the helpdesk or call: (800) 373-8708.

Basic Training Schedule

Advanced Training Schedule

July 2010

Voice Case Information System (VCIS) Temporarily Out of Service

VCIS in the Western District of Wisconsin is temporarily disabled due to a hardware failure. We are unsure if this can be repaired. In the interim we have available a slightly different VCIS, supported by the Bankruptcy court in Massachusetts (MCVCIS). This system handles multiple courts so you will need to choose the court first. The state abbreviation for WI (numbers 9 and 4 on your keypad) will take you to our data. One difference is the case number is entered first using the 4 digit year (that is 1999 or 2010) before the 5 digit case number.
The new number to call is: 866-222-8029

July 2010

Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) Announcement

Effective July 12, 2010, the BNC will NOT mail notices to a creditor if an address is invalid. For more information please see the public announcement.

In the Western Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court, the court will accept notification of an address change in letter format. For electronic submissions use the procedure found in our ECF User's Manual.

July 2010

Chapter 7 Trustee Vacancies

There are currently two Chapter 7 Trustee vacancies in Wisconsin. Please see the following announcements for more information on how to apply. The deadline to apply is July 30, 2010

March 2010

Form Changes

On April 1, 2010, automatic adjustments to dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision in Title 28 of the United States Code will become effective. The amended dollar amounts will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2010. The following forms will be revised: 1, 6C, 6E, 7, 10, 22A and 22C, and Director's Forms 200, 240A and 283

Please see the Forms page for more information.

March 2010

Upgrade to CM/ECF

During the weekend of March 20 and 21, 2010, ECF was upgraded to version 3.3.3.

Summary of changes for filers in ECF:

  • When an ECF filer dockets any event (including an event to file a claim), a “Have you redacted?” message now appears to remind filers to eliminate all personal identifiers from a document before filing it in CM/ECF.
  • NOTE: Official Form 21 (Statement of Social Security Number) requires disclosure of the full social security number. No redaction is necessary as this is a private entry that can only be viewed by court users.

  • A notice has been added to the “CM/ECF Filer or PACER Login” screen, reminding electronic filers of their responsibility to eliminate all personal identifiers from a document before filing it in CM/ECF. The text of the message is as follows:
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE OF REDACTION RESPONSIBILITY: All filers must redact: Social Security or taxpayer-identification numbers; dates of birth; names of minor children; and financial account numbers, in compliance with Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9037. This requirement applies to all documents, including attachments.

    The rule title is a hyperlink to the text of the rule. Below the message, a checkbox appears to affirm that the notice has been read and understood. All outside filers must check this box to log in.

CM/ECF Release Notes for PACER users

February 2010

Coming in April 2010

Advanced CM/ECF Attorney Training (click to register)

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is now offering advanced training to attorneys and support staff to accelerate their ECF skills and knowledge.

November 2009

Federal Rules & Form Changes

There are several federal rules and form changes effective December 1, 2009. Please see the pdf below for a list of changes. For more information see the U.S. Courts Federal Rulemaking page.

List of Federal Rules & Form Changes (pdf)

New Official Form 27 (Reaffirmation Agreement Cover Sheet)

September 2009

Notice of Proposed Amended Local Rules and Opportunity for Public Comment

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin hereby gives notice of proposed permanent changes in its Local Rules, and invites comment thereon. The new Rules will go into effect on December 1, 2009.

Summary of proposed amendments (pdf)

2009 Proposed Local Rules (pdf)

The Court hereby invites public comments on the proposed rules. Comments may be submitted via email to: rulesfeedback@wiwb.uscourts.gov or via regular mail no later than November 2, 2009 and addressed to:

Clerk's Office Attn: RulesFeedback
U. S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Wisconsin
120 North Henry Street, Room 340
Madison, WI 53701-0548

March 2009

Spring 2009 ECF Upgrade

Alert: CM/ECF in Wisconsin Western Bankruptcy will be upgraded the weekend of March 7th, 2009. CM/ECF will be unavailable beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7th, 2009 until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th, 2009 so the court can upgrade CM/ECF from Version 3.2 to Version 3.3.1.

The majority of the changes are behind the scenes. Please see the summary of New Features for a list and explanation of the changes.

Additional information about the upgrade and demonstrations can be found in the online User Manual.

December 2008

National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008

ALERT! Effective December 19, 2008
On October 20, 2008, the President signed the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-438. The Act provides a temporary exclusion from the bankruptcy means test for Reservists and members of the National Guard called for no less than 90 days to active duty or homeland defense activity following September 11, 2001. The amendment to section 707(b)(2)(D) of the Bankruptcy Code will be effective on December 19, 2008, which is 60 days after enactment. The amendment applies only to cases commenced in the three-year period beginning on the effective date of the Act. A New official form B22A.

Notice: General Order No. 2-08

Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure regarding interim rule 1007-I

December 2008

General Order regarding Federal Bankruptcy Rules

Notice: General Order No. 1-08
Effective December 1, 2008, the Court vacates the orders of October 13, 2005 and September 2006, which adopted the Interim Bankruptcy Rules, with the exception of Rule 5012, which remains in effect until further order of the Court. The new and amended Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are effective December 1, 2008.

October 2008

Fee Change Alert

Effective October 1, 2008 a $39 administrative fee now applies to split cases. Below are the new fees.

  • Split Chapter 7: $299.00
  • Split Chapter 11: $1039.00
  • Split Chapter 12: $239.00
  • Split Chapter 13: $274.00
October 2008 The PACER Service Center now has an RSS feed. You can access it from our home page.
June 2008

Summer 2008 ECF Upgrade

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is planning an upgrade of CM/ECF (to Version 3.2). Most of the changes are behind the scenes, but there are a few new and enhanced features added to assist electronic filers.

The ECF team believes that you will find the new version a step forward in providing a more user friendly E-Filing application. If you ever have questions or concerns about CM/ECF or E-Filing, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always willing to provide a quick answer or assist you with your e-filing.

March 2008

IRS Revised Data Standards

The IRS’s National Standards for Allowable Living Expenses and Local Standards for Transportation and Housing and Utilities Expenses have been updated. The revised standards will apply to cases filed on or after March 17, 2008.

March 2008 Updated guide to rules, proceedings and hearings. Guide to Rules pdf
December 2007

More Bankruptcy Form Changes Effective January 1, 2008

Revisions to Official Bankruptcy Forms 22A, 22B, and 22C go into effect January 1, 2008. These forms implement the "means test" provisions of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. The revisions conform to the new IRS standards governing means test calculations which take effect on January 1, 2008.

November 2007

Bankruptcy Form and Rules Changes Effective December 1, 2007

The following rules and forms are changing effective December 1, 2007. Use the links below to view the changes, or for quick reference, see our list of revised forms.pdf icon The list includes brief descriptions of the change(s) made.

  • Bankruptcy Rules: 1014, 3007, 4001, 6006, and 7007.1, and proposed new Rules 6003, 9005.1, and 9037
  • Forms: 1, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 16A, 18, 19, 21, 23, and 24. Amendments to the existing Official Forms will be effective on December 1, 2007.
  • New Official Forms: 25A, 25B, 25C, and 26, will be effective December 1, 2008.

Attorneys are encouraged to contact their software providers to ensure access to the new forms by the effective date.

October 2007

Website Survey

We're looking for feedback on our website. How well does it work for you? Can you navigate easily? What changes would you make? Please take a moment to respond to our survey.Your time is greatly appreciated. (Survey closed 10/25/07)

August 2007 Information on the CARE program is now on our website's home page.
December 2006

Fee Change Alert- New Fees Effective January 1, 2007

There are a variety of fee changes set to take effect January 1, 2007. Please see the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule for the new fees.

November 2006 New and modified event lists for attorneys and trustees.
November 2006

Beginning December 1, 2006, ALL USERS accessing Pay.gov must use a browser that supports 128 bit encryption. This means anyone paying filing fees on-line through ECF or PACER must meet this specification. Below is a list of supported browser versions.

Minimum browser requirements to support 128 bit encryption:

  • Internet Explorer 6.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or greater
  • Mozilla 1.7 or greater
  • Netscape 7.x
  • Safari 1.2 (for MAC users)
  • Not Recommended: Internet Explorer 5.5 or lower

Typically, users can determine their browser version by opening the browser, clicking on Help and then choosing About. Should you experience any difficulties or have questions, please contact the ECF helpdesk at 800-373-8708.

October 2006 General Order No. 2-06 Adoption of Amended Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007
September 2006

Important Conversion Information:

Remaining portions of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA), pertaining to new statistical reporting requirements, are slated to take effect October 17, 2006. To comply with the law, and meet additional reporting requirements placed on the courts by the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin plans to convert to an updated version of CM/ECF (Release 3.1) over the weekend of October 14th. The ECF system will be unavailable from noon Saturday October 14th through Sunday October 15th to allow for the conversion and testing of data. Read only access will be available during that time.

PLEASE NOTE: Significant changes have been incorporated into the case opening processes of 3.1 that will not permit the filing of a bankruptcy petition or adversary complaint utilizing your current software release.  This advance notice of our conversion date is provided to allow sufficient time for you to contact your respective Bankruptcy Preparation Software provider so that they can provide you with necessary updates for continued successful electronic filing. 

August 2006 Keep up with CM/ECF enhancements, they are coming soon. See what will be new for case opening, creditor processing, claims register, e-mail edit notification, electronic claim filing, public access enhancements and more
March 2006

Fee Increase Alert

As a result of the enactment of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 which the President signed into law on February 8, 2006, filing fee increases will take effect for all new cases filed on or after April 9, 2006.

The changes to fees are as follows:
    Chapter 7
    Increase from $274 to $299

    Chapter 13
    Increase from $189 to $274

    Chapter 11 Conversions
    Conversion from Ch 7 decreases from $780 to $755
    Conversion from Ch 13 decreases from $850 to $765
January 2006 Unclaimed Funds are now available for lookup on our site.
November 2005 Information Regarding Attorneys Appearing by Telephone
September 2005

Bankruptcy Reform Legislation

Effective October 17, 2005, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act goes into effect. For more information on the Act, credit counseling, debtor education and more visit our Bankruptcy Reform Information page. Do you have questions about the new legislation or ECF changes? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
August 2005 Interim rules and draft forms for the new bankruptcy law
August 2005

Fee Change Alerts

Effective September 20, 2005
Increase in the fee for filing a civil action under 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) to include:
Adversary Proceedings: increase from $150 to $250

Effective October 17, 2005
Per Section 325 of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (Pub L. 109-8, 2005) the filing fee amounts required by 28 U.S.C. § 1930 change as follows:

Chapter 7
Increase from $209 to $274
Increase Motion to Reopen from $155 to $220

Chapter 11
Increase from $839 to $1,039
Increase Motion to Reopen from $800 to $1,000

Chapter 13
Decrease from $194 to $189
Decrease Motion to reopen from $155 to $150

August 2005

Information for Filing without an Attorney

If you are filing a new bankruptcy case without an attorney see the pro se web page for information to assist you with filing procedures. Bankruptcy can be complicated. The staff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk's office provides a variety of services; however they are not permitted to assist with the preparation of the voluntary petition, schedules, or other documents, nor can they provide legal advice.

July 2005

Revisions to Proof of Claim Form (Official Form 10)

Pursuant to the Bankruptcy Reform Act, several of the amendments to the Bankruptcy Code became effective immediately upon enactment. Section 1401 increases the wage priority cap from $4,000 to $10,000 and expands the look-back period from 90 to 180 days. Accordingly, Official Form 10, Proof of Claim, has been changed to reflect the amended amounts and will apply to cases filed on or after April 20, 2005.
April 2005

New ECF User's Manual Now Available

This manual is designed as a guide to assist registered ECF Users in filing documents electronically. Although filing requirements and references to the Bankruptcy Code and/or Rules may be provided for some topics, this manual should not be relied upon exclusively by the user. The actual Bankruptcy Code and/or Rules should still be consulted.
March 2005

The Internet Credit Card Payment of fees has been turned on. All ECF documents requiring a fee need to be paid online. If you have questions, please contact:

Tina in Madison at: (608)-264-5630, or
Monica in Eau Claire at: (715) 839-2993.
Our toll free number is: 800-373-8708

March 2005 RSS is now available for our What's New page and readyDockets (judgments, orders, and complaints)
February 2005

The PACER Service Center recommends that passwords for all PACER accounts be changed at least every 90 days to prevent the unauthorized use of PACER. All users that have been issued PACER accounts should change the password on a regular basis to protect their account's security.

To change passwords for PACER accounts, including those that are exempt from the fee, go to http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov Click on Account Information, enter your current login and password, then click on Change Account Password, and follow the on screen instructions.

January 2005 The Judicial Conference, at its September 21, 2004 session, amended the language of Section I of the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule. The amendment increases the PACER Internet access fee from 7 cents per page to 8 cents per page and increases the 30 page fee limit from $2.10 to $2.40. The increases are effective January 1, 2005.
November 2004 The Eastern District of Wisconsin is now live on CM/ECF. Visit their website today for registration and general information. http://www.wieb.uscourts.gov
November 2004

CM/ECF Upgrade
The ECF system has been upgraded from version 2.3 to 2.5. Attorneys should make certain that their petition preparation software has been upgraded to be compatible with version 2.5 of ECF. Highlights of the new version include:

  • Creditor record searches are no longer case sensitive.
  • Creditor records now sort alphabetically by name
  • The time period for the free look has been decreased to 15 days.
October 2004

New Chapter 12 Information
On Monday, October 25, 2004, the President signed into law Senate bill 2864. This law retroactively extends Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code for 18 months from January 1, 2004 until July 1, 2005. Thus, new Chapter 12 cases can be accepted for filing, and cases that were filed under other chapters can be converted to a Chapter 12.

October 2004

Sign up for e-noticing (for attorneys only)
Whenever a pleading or other paper is filed electronically, the system will automatically generate a "Notice of Electronic Filing" at the time of docketing. If you sign up for e-noticing you will receive service of the "Notice of Electronic Filing" which shall be the equivalent of service of the pleading or other paper by first class mail, postage prepaid. With each e-mail, you are given one free look to view, save and/or print the document. Signing up for e-noticing does not commit you to electronic filing, only to accepting service via e-mail. Call the clerk's office with any questions you may have. NOTE: If you are a current ECF user, this procedure is NOT necessary.
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Sign up for a PACER account
Signing up is free. A PACER account is required to view docket sheets and case documents. Sign up at: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov

April 2004

Amended Dollar Amounts for Chapter 13 Filings
On April 1, 2004, automatic adjustments to various dollar amounts will become effective. These amended dollar amounts affect the eligibility of a debtor to file under Chapter 13. Official Form 10, Proof of Claim, has been changed to reflect the amended amounts and will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2004. The specific changes are limited to section 7, Unsecured Priority Claim and are as follows:

  • Wages, salaries, commissions - claim limit increased from $4650 to $4925
  • Deposits toward purchase, lease, or rental of property or services - claim limit increased from $2100 to $2225
December 2003 Non-Debtor Spouse
Effective May 1, 2003, Local Rule 1007-1-2 was amended by deleting subsection (d). Non-debtor spouse information should be reported on Form 21 and should include name, social security number, tax id number, mailing address, and all other names used by the non-debtor spouse within six years before filing the petition.
December 2003

CM/ECF System Upgraded
The CM/ECF System has been upgraded to version 2.3 to comply with the new rules on privacy and to make enhancements to the System. Please refer to the revised filing guides and version 2 highlights.

November 2003

Policy on Privacy (PDF)
Effective December 1, 2003, the new rules on privacy will take effect. This change will require that filers redact their full social security number and use only the last four digits on documents submitted to the court. See also Amendments to Federal Rules (PDF)

October 2003 Changes to the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule
The Judicial Conference approved changes to the Bankruptcy Court Statutory Fees and the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule (issued in accordance with 28 U.S.C. Section 1930(b)) at its September 2003 session. The changes will become effective on November 1, 2003. New fee schedule
August 2003 Chapter 12
The Family Farmer Bankruptcy Relief Act of 2003 (H.R. 2465, S. 1323), signed into law on August 15th, retroactively renews and extends family farmer bankruptcy protection until January 1, 2004.
May 2003 Electronic Orders
All Orders submitted to the Court for signature by a Judge on or after June 2, 2003 must conform to the Electronic Order format.  This applies to all orders, whether filed electronically through the ECF system or not.  Instructions and samples of the correct format.
May 2003

PACER Service Disruption
Through the end of June, all PACER web sites will experience at least one service disruption during business hours.  The service disruption is necessary to perform critical infrastructure upgrades to the Judiciary's network.  These upgrades will help maintain service in the future.  Each upgrade will take about an hour.

Thank you.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions, please contact the PACER Service Center at pacer@psc.uscourts.gov.

May 2003 ECF Newsletter
We are proud to present the first edition of "The Electric Briefcase," our ECF training news and tips newsletter.
May 2003 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (effective December 1, 2003)
Bankruptcy Rules amended to implement the Judicial Conference's policy on privacy and public access to electronic court files.
April 2003 April Newsletter
Mar 2003 Virus Infected Emails Not from CM/ECF
Mar 2003 Electronic Case Filing Statistics
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